Update June 2018: Please note that this information might be out of date as we haven’t had time to check and rewrite it. To get the latest and best tourism information, please consider staying at Sari Inn where our manager Hamy would be happy to take care of you. Hamy worked for the Lombok Tourism commission for twenty years and drove for the former presidential family. He speaks good English and remains one of the top experts on the area.
There is culture to be found everywhere. When you visit the plains of Adelaide you will be tempted to try amazing shiraz which has flourished on the fertile soil for years. When visiting New York City, there is the pizza to be had and the Statue of Liberty to see. When you visit Lombok, the Senggigi Festival and Mount Rinjani top traveler’s lists. This is because these attractions are what the areas are built on.
When looking for culture in Lombok, look for the habits of the locals and the big festivities. You will see the depths of human achievement which have come to fruition on such a tiny island.
Popular Locations for Culture in Lombok:
- Attend religious festivals on the top of Mount Rinjani
- Check out the architecture of Lingsar Temple
- Cycle through the fields of vanilla and coffee and see the techniques of local farmers
- Take a boat tour around the island to understand fishing culture
- Visit Mataram or Senggigi to watch local craftspeople
- Chat up the surfers on Kuta Beach and learn about their lifestyle
The culture can be seen in the food which the locals create at such restaurants as:
- Family Café
- Dwikis Café
- Full Moon Café
- Lombok Lounge
- Ketapang Café
When on holiday it is more than sitting on the beach reading a novel. When on holiday let yourself slip into another world. Do things which the locals do, the way that they do them. From how they dress their salad to how they dress, explore the culture. This invites the traveler to become the expert on an area rather than simply an observer.
Go to town, see the farmers, talk to the surfers and sit on the beach. You will be amazed at how somewhere so far from home can be so similar and so different.